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The Mystery Smoking Heirloom

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

DESCRIPTION: a silver (not true silver) cigarette case that measures 8cm wide by 11cm high, and is engraved with RHW, and has the Rising Sun emblem and “Australian Commonwealth Military Force” on the front bottom corner
DATE: unknown, but possibly around WW2 era
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: This is an item that we’re unsure of the origin of. Meaning we don’t know who it originally belonged to.

Seeing this item engraved with RHW, I assumed (rightly or wrongly) that it was my great uncle Harold Roy Winter’s, who was generally known as “Roy Harold Winter” while he was in the AIF during WW2.
However I spoke with my grandma about her brother, and she doesn’t ever remember him smoking, or having ever seen this item before. So while it is an assumption that it was his, I have no proof.

Still it is an heirloom, I’m just not sure whose, but I’m still recording it.

[Apologies for the poor photos – this was actually really hard to photograph]

Perfect If You’re Running Short on Shelf Space …

Bryce's Diamond Dictionary #3

Bryce's Diamond Dictionary #1

 

DESCRIPTION: “Bryce’s Diamond English Dictionary” is a tiny little dictionary (3cm wide x 4.5cm high)
DATE: the printed date inside is 1896
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: I’ll be honest, I don’t know who this tiny dictionary came from, but my feeling is that it came from the Randell family, and maybe even belonged to my great grandpa John Beavis “J.B.” Randell.  But there is no inscription or handwriting inside it, so that is just speculation. Still it is in the family, and is an heirloom. I just don’t know the origin of it, still I felt that it warranted documenting.

The Preface of this tiny book says:
“The special feature of this little volume is, that by the omission of some words which can hardly be supposed either in spelling or meaning to offer any difficulty to people likely to consult a dictionary, space has been found for a considerable amount of puzzling words occurring in the scientific and other higher literature of our time.”

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